The Art of the Steal

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The Art of the Steal

After serving five-and-a-half years in a Polish prison, career criminal Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell) is ready to renounce his thieving ways. This well-cast but tedious heist comedy begins with our grizzled antihero at a low ebb – moonlighting as a motorcycle daredevil who takes tumbles for easy cash. While recuperating from his latest accident, Crunch is contacted by his estranged brother and former partner in crime, Nicky (Matt Dillon), about the burglary of a rare book. Crunch is suspicious (it was Nicky’s fault he was in jail in the first place), yet the caper proves too tempting.

Sadly, ‘The Art of the Steal’ proves all too easy to resist, despite the best efforts of Jay Baruchel as Crunch’s hyped-up protégé and Terence Stamp as the world-weary informant helping bring them down. Russell is a pleasure to watch, especially in the film’s one inspired sequence: a silent-movie-like flashback to a legendary rip-off of the Mona Lisa, in which he gets to do some hilarious, moustache-twirling physical comedy. Otherwise, the film is made up of plundered parts from the ‘Oceans’ series and ‘The Usual Suspects’. It’s a pale imitation.

By: Keith Uhlich


Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday June 20 2014
Duration: 90 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jonathan Sobol
Screenwriter: Jonathan Sobol
Cast: Kurt Russell
Matt Dillon
Jay Baruchel
Katheryn Winnick
Terence Stamp

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I have had the true cinema experience with The Art of the Steal, laughing out loud (alongside total strangers) and enjoying a heist ride with a wonderful cast!  I see movies of all kinds, I am not a particular fan of the heist genre, but I had a real good time.  

These words from this critique sum up my experience well:

"Thanks to the camaraderie of the cast, especially scene-stealers Baruchel and Stamp, The Art of the Steal is fun, fast-paced, entertainment with snappy dialogue and punch lines to boot." - Cinemablographer


A motorcycle daredevil and former art thief (Kurt Russell) assembles his old crew, including his untrustworthy brother (Matt Dillon), for one last heist.